Automattic announced today the introduction of premium themes to their hosted blogging platform. With over 17 million blogs hosted, will definitely be a huge marketplace for theme developers worldwide. introduced its very first premium themes: Headlines (WooThemes) and Shelf (The Theme Foundry). Users can purchase and activate the premium themes by going to Appearance > Themes in the dashboard and look for the “Premium” link next to “Recently Added”.

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Headlines (WooThemes) – Premium Theme

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Shelf (The Theme Foundry) – Premium Theme

Drew Strojny mentioned on the The Theme Foundry blog that “a huge collaboration has been brewing for quite some time” with Automattic. Also, on WooThemes blog Mark Forrester said that “they were contacted by the theme wranglers at Automattic and asked if they would like to offer one of the first two premium themes on” and of course they agreed.

We’re looking forward to Automattics promise to expand the collection of themes on in a big way in 2011.